How To Roast Chickpeas

Crunchy and flavorful, roasted chickpeas make a great, healthy snack. This post will teach you how to roast chickpeas perfectly using my foolproof method!

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Hi Friends!

Today we have another second-look post. I first shared this recipe back in 2012 but it needed a facelift! If I’m being totally honest, I’m not crazy about chickpeas just plain. I don’t particularly like them on salads or in a casserole. But grind them up into hummus and you’ve got my attention. Roast them into crunchy little puffs to snack on and it’s fairly likely I could eat a whole can in one sitting.

Roasting chickpeas can be a tricky beast. I’ve had many failed batches. Through trial and error, and a little luck, I’ve figured out a few secrets and I thought I’d share them with you!

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Ready? Three secrets to perfectly roasted chickpeas:

  1. MIST them with oil. Too much oil will make them soggy and they will never get crispy.
  2. Don’t crowd the pan. Use a large baking sheet, especially if you’re roasted two cans at once so there’s enough room for air to circulate around them.
  3. Start them in a cold oven, roast them and then leave them in the oven as it cools back down.

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That third one is the one that came about by accident. A few years ago i REALLY wanted roasted chickpeas…but I was running late for a workout. I didn’t have time to let the oven preheat so I threw them in there right when I turned the oven on, let them roast as long as I could and then shut off the oven, left them in there and hoped for the best.

The best roasted chickpeas ever is what I got!

Here’s how you make them:

How To Roast Chickpeas
 
Perfectly roasted chickpeas using a super easy, foolproof method.
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Ingredients
  • 1 – 2 cans chickpeas (low-sodium or no-salt-added)
  • oil for misting
  • spices (i use paprika and cayenne pepper)

Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Pour the chickpeas on top and use more paper towels to dry them off as well as possible.
  3. Remove the paper towels.
  4. Mist the chickpeas with oil, sprinkle with spices and shake pan gently until all the chickpeas are well coated.
  5. Place pan in a cold oven.
  6. Set oven to 425 degrees F and let roast for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Turn the oven off and leave pan in the oven for at least an hour.
  8. Remove and let cool completely before transferring to a storage container.

 

If you don’t have a mister, try putting the chickpeas in a container after you’ve dried them off, adding a VERY small amount of oil, putting on the lid and shaking well to coat.

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Play around to find your favorite spice mix. I usually choose cayenne and paprika but they’re also good with curry powder!

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You will inevitably end up with a few burned ones, but I just tested this method out again last week, once with only one can and once with two cans at once and both times I only ended up with maybe 6-7 burned ones in the whole batch. Don’t forget to use a big pan if you do two cans at once! Leave them in the oven for at least an hour after you turn it up, but really, you can leave them in there until it gets totally cold if you want to.

I like to make a batch right before I go to bed then just shut off the oven and take them out in the morning.

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Look good?! Don’t forget to share with friends on Pinterest and Facebook!

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. Ooh, I’ve never roasted chickpeas, but for some reason they are making my mouth water!
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  2. I LOVE chickpeas in all forms it seems, but they are a favorite protein-packed snack for me and the kids these days that’s a lower fat option than eating nuts all day. I usually buy them pre-made, but that’s pretty pricey, so I should probably roast them at home more often.
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  3. AHHHH I ALWAYS MAKE EM SOGGY!!
    it must be the overzealous misting.

    ((sharing))
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  4. I go through phases with chickpeas. So easy to snack on but then I tire of it. I found that removing the skin helps a lot too for extra crunch. It’s a pain to remove but makes a huge difference.
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  5. I love the fact that you discovered the technique by needing to get to the gym! Sounds like my life! Lol. :)
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  6. I’ve bever roasted chickpeas before. I’ve always been intrigued by it. May have to give it a whirl this weekend!

  7. Making these ASAP! Also saw them in the Food&Nutrition Magazine, yum! Your recipe sounds simple + delicious!
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  8. i love roasted chickpeas – i haven’t made them in way too long though – i think i have a bag of dried chickpeas in my pantry i need to soak!
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  9. YUM! I love spicy chickpeas!!
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  10. It’s been a while since I made a batch of roast chickpeas, but I love them so much! I have definitely made the mistake of not letting them cool completely before putting them in a container. I have also made the mistake of eating them all before putting them into a container… haha! Happy Friday!
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  11. Love roasted chickpeas . . . and how many different flavor combos can be done!

  12. I love the little burned halves!

  13. This is so helpful! I have a couple cans in my pantry right now and will make this for an afternoon snack later today. So excited :)
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  14. I too pretty much only eat chickpeas in hummus. I would love to try these!

  15. I loooove roasted chickpeas! They’re such an awesome snack item!
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  16. I’ve never tried roasted chickpeas before, they look appetizing. Would you send me a sample to try. :)

  17. YESSS! Thanks so much for posting this! Crunchy chickpeas are one oft favorite snacks but I’ve never quite been able to get the crunch. Can’t wait to try this this weekend!
    xo
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  18. Thanks so much! I’ve only had fails with roasted chickpeas, these are great tips to make sure I get it right next time.
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  19. I’ve been all about the roasted chickpeas lately and making a good batch took lots of trial and error. One of my favorite ways to season is with Cajun seasoning. I’m going to have to try your tip about the cold oven!
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  20. Roasted chickpeas are SO good!!! I’ve never tried starting out with a cold oven, but I definitely will be next time!
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  21. I am SO happy that you posted this because I quit trying because my chickpeas never came out right..only half of them would make it or they would be soggy, it was one of those things I just gave up on..but I do LOVE coconut oil wrapped chickpeas with cinnamon and nutmeg..I swear its like a protein packed meal with a dessert taste! Thanks for sharing your secrets xo C
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  22. Ha, I was just thinking about a healthy crunchy snack. I love making one sweet and one savoury batch. Thanks!

  23. Thanks for sharing! I too have had a lot of mediocre batches and definitely not any that stayed crisp more than a few hours. I will definitely try your method(s) out!
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  24. i am definitely going to try this trick with the oven!
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  25. These look delicious! I love chickpeas so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe.
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  26. I really like these “second look ” posts where you share again your more important/popular posts!

  27. this is a great idea!! i have never really made chickpeas like this but do love it in every form.

  28. These look wonderful! I just tried them and burnt them though. I think it was because I took the skin off?? There was still 20 minutes left on the timer, I went do their ’10 minute’ shake and about half were black as can be, the others were shrunken up to itty bitty things. Nice and crunchy though…hehehe I AM going to give this another try tomorrow after I buy another can at the store!!
    P.S. I found an easy way to take the skin off….spread them out on a paper towel and with another paper towel, rub them in circles (the entire tray, like with a paper towel in your palm)….the skins come right off! i was just trying to dry them good….found out after I had taken most of the skins off already….

  29. i just tried these and I took the skin off and they burnt. So I tried again by lowering it down to 385.. Burnt again, even faster! Ugh I’m going to try again though… Is baking longer at a lower temp better? Or maybe it’s taking the skin off that makes them burn..

    • hmm you’re the second person who said they burned and you both took the skins off. i haven’t tried it that way to i don’t know, but it might be the reason. you could try them with the skin on…start watching about 1/2 way thru in 5 minute increments and turn it off when you see a couple get close to burned. or if you want the skins off then you might have to lower the temp.

  30. Hi Lindsay,

    I have dried chick peas and obviously need to soak them first, but do I need to boil them before roasting? Or can I roast them after soaking?

    Thanks,
    Kathy

  31. How long will these stay crispy (if they even last that long)? I always run into issues that they lose their crunch after a day or so.

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  32. One question for you – does the 45 minutes start as soon as you put the chickpeas in the oven (when it’s cold) or does the 45 minutes start once the oven is up to temp, as in your chickpeas have been in there already for 10 minutes while the oven warms up, and then you’d cook for another 45 minutes? Like 45 minutes at 425 versus 45 minutes with the heat on? Also, couldn’t get the recipe to print using the print button for some reason (just on this recipe – haven’t had a problem with your recipes in the past). Thanks!

  33. Whoops, I meant when does the 40 minutes start, not 45. :) Thanks!

  34. I just found this recipe on Healthy Aperture. It was perfect! I was afraid of burning so only cooked for 30 minutes in the toaster. Next time I might try a little longer, but definitely an improvement over my previous attempt ( with a different recipe). Thanks for the tips!

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